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High Performance Working: Where people and skills take centre stage

Thursday, 14 October 2010
09:00 - 11:00
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London SW1H 0AD

Partnership Workshop:


High Performance Working: Where people and skills take centre stage


  • Olivier Fusil, talent & organisation performance, Accenture
  • Penny Tamkin, associate director, Institute for Employment Studies

Who should attend?

Directors of strategy; directors of HR; and anyone interested in people management and high performance working.



The Workshop

‘High Performance Working’ places people and their skills centre-stage. In a report recently produced for UK Commission for Employment and Skills, it was found that policies and practices in high performance workplaces were underpinned by a philosophy of people management that emphasised autonomy, participation and learning.



There is now a considerable body of literature on how the ways people are managed at work affects their motivation and their productivity. More recently, the emphasis has moved away from a preoccupation with people management practices towards a wider appreciation of what organisations intend and what employees believe. And yet it is still the case that relatively few organisations operate what might be termed High Performance Systems or approaches. Something stops wider uptake and this workshop explores both the arguments for and the potential barriers against adoption.



Some of the questions that will be asked include:

  • The question is no longer why should organisations adopt high performance approaches but why don’t they?
  • Just what gets organisations started and how do they get a high performance approach embedded?
  • What are the barriers that get in the way of high performance working?


Why should people attend?

The aim of this event is to provide our partners with insights to inform their own organisation’s practice and an opportunity to learn the views of others through a lively and provocative debate.


This event is exclusively for partners with The Work Foundation

and there is no fee to attend.


To reserve your place on this event, please email and include your name, company, job title, email address and telephone number.


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